Posts — great artists

Daphne Odjig: The Aboriginal Modernist Painter

Daphne Odjig, is revered as an internationally renowned artist who brought a tectonic shift in Canadian art history.

A founding member of the 1970s artists' alliance the ‘Indian Group of Seven’, Odjig was born on September 11, 1919, in Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.


KENNETH NOLAND: THE ABSTRACT PAINTER OF BRILLIANTLY COLORED SHAPES

Removing all the texture, gesture, and emotional content from the painting, the American painter Kenneth Noland's brilliantly colored concentric circles, chevrons, and stripes were among the most recognized and admired signatures of the postwar style of abstraction known as Color Field painting.

Famous for pioneering the shaped canvases, Noland was born on April 10, 1924, Asheville, North Carolina.


ALFRED CHENEY JOHNSTON: THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF JAZZ AGE BEAUTIES

Glorifying the Ziegfeld Follies showgirls as well as actors and actresses from the world of stage and film with a large studio camera and glass plate negatives, the New York City-based photographer, Alfred Cheney Johnston, is celebrated as one of the creators of 20th-century glamor photography.


BRETT WHITELEY: THE EXPRESSIONIST OF AUSTRALIAN AVANT-GARDE

Combining a pop star's persona with that of a visual artist, the Australian artist, Brett Whiteley, is best known for a series of paintings inspired by the British mass murderer John Christie.

Leading artist of Australia's avant-garde movement, Whiteley was born on April 7, 1939, in Sydney, New South Wales, and grew up in Longueville, a quiet suburb on the northern shores of Sydney harbour.


GUSTAVE MOREAU: THE SYMBOLIST PAINTER OF FRANCE

Aesthetically elevating hedonism, depravity, self-indulgence, and a dangerous femme fatale kind of sensuality, the painting “Salome Dancing before Herod” by Gustave Moreau is celebrated as one of the Hammer Museum's better known paintings and one of Moreau's finest works.

A major figure in French Symbolist painting, Moreau was born on April 6, 1826, in Paris, France, at 6 Rue des Saints-Peres.